We are thrilled to announce that Yarborough Applegate’s own Liam Duffy was named the South Carolina Bar’s 2022–2023 Young Lawyer of the Year this past weekend at the annual leadership retreat for the state’s Young Lawyers Division (YLD). This prestigious annual award recognizes one (or two) individual(s) out of ~4,000 YLD members who have demonstrated the highest level of dedication and service to the legal profession and their community.
The YLD is a professional service organization of South Carolina Bar and includes all South Carolina lawyers under the age of 36 (or who have been in practice 5 years or less). The organization is built on and guided by two fundamental pillars: Service to the Profession and Service to the Public.
Duffy has served in the YLD leadership since approximately 2016, first as a co-chair of the Courthouse Keys committee and then later in an elected position as 9th Circuit Representative, where he has represented over 900 YLD members in Charleston and Berkeley Counties for the past 5 years.
In the past year, he has spearheaded programming to benefit members of the legal profession and the broader community, including reading programs for first graders; volunteer outings with local charities; food and school supply drives; and networking, social, and wellness events for YLD members. These events exemplify Duffy’s commitment to YLD’s pillars of service and giving back.
A native of Washington, D.C., Duffy attended College of Charleston and the Charleston School of Law, where he graduated summa cum laude. He joined Yarborough Applegate in 2019, and has been an instrumental member of the firm and wider legal community ever since, obtaining impressive and life-changing results for his clients along the way. In addition to his involvement with South Carolina Bar YLD, Duffy currently serves as Young Lawyers Chair for the South Carolina Association for Justice, routinely speaks on trial strategy and techniques, and has authored several articles in leading industry publications.